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Sox ask for Buehrle, are turned down

Posted by Gordon Edes, Globe Staff  July 29, 2006 02:50 PM

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The Sox this week offered center fielder Coco Crisp to the White Sox for left-handed All-Star Mark Buehrle, perhaps hoping that Buehrle's recent struggles might persuade White Sox GM Kenny Williams to move him. But the White Sox turned the deal down.

Buehrle, only 27, won 19 games in 2002 and has been a 16-game winner three times in the five years he has been taking a regular turn in the White Sox rotation.

Buehrle had a 9-4 record and 3.22 ERA when White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen named him to the All-Star team. But Buehrle has lost all five of his starts since then, going 0-5 with a 11.48 ERA. Opponents are batting a stunning .392 against him this month, and he has allowed 8 home runs in 26 2/3 innings.

The White Sox have been investigating CF options because rookie Brian Anderson is batting just .208 after taking over the position when Aaron Rowand went to the Phillies in the Jim Thome deal.

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